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We Will Not Fight: The Untold Story of WW1s Conscientious Objectors Will Ellsworth-Jones

We Will Not Fight: The Untold Story of WW1s Conscientious Objectors

Will Ellsworth-Jones

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ISBN : 9781781311486
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304 pages
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In June 1916 Philip Brocklesby, a young second lieutenant just arrived in Boulogne, slipped away from his regiment in a desperate attempt to see his brother who had been imprisoned nearby. But it wasnt the enemy who were holding Bert, but his ownMoreIn June 1916 Philip Brocklesby, a young second lieutenant just arrived in Boulogne, slipped away from his regiment in a desperate attempt to see his brother who had been imprisoned nearby. But it wasnt the enemy who were holding Bert, but his own army. Bert, along with 34 other conscientious objectors, had been court-martialed for refusing to fight, and was waiting to hear if he would be sentenced to death. The meeting was happy and affectionate, but then both brothers knew it may be their last.Through the amazing story of the Brocklesby family, Will Ellsworth-Jones explores the history of conscientious objection in World War I, charting the experiences of the men who took a stand despite being stigmatized, vilified and facing death. This amazing book also considers the mens lasting legacy. Without the courage of men such as Bert who were prepared to die for their beliefs, we wouldnt have the freedom to voice our beliefs and protest at our governments involvement in conflict. At the end of this touching book, the reader will ask themselves whether they would have had the courage to fight in the trenches, but more importantly whether they would have had the courage not to fight. Packed with unpublished letters, diaries, memoir extracts and oral interviews, We Will Not Fight is a fascinating look at conscientious objection in WWI, and its legacy.